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1930 Ford Model A Tudor

12 November 2014 - 06:19 AM

Thirteen days ago a friend from Atlanta, Georgia stayed the night at my place and last night he arrived back home.
The prize: Driving a 1930 Ford Model A all the way from Medford, Oregon back to Atlanta.

The car: a survivor kept in pretty good condition with some restoration attempts.... but still needs work.

The trip is now complete and you can read the trials and tribulations here.
Not to mention tons of information, pictures and other stuff regarding the Model A Ford and.... weathering details!
Cool no?



Ultimate Rat Rod engine.

04 February 2014 - 08:04 AM

Yeah I know that a few of you hate Rat Rods. This thread will probably degenerate into a pro/con debate.

But... if built with some skill and no skulls, the cars can be interesting and fun.
One of the things I like to do is search for interesting power-plants.  Straight 8's, Flathead V12's, 7-cylinder radial tank engines... etc.

Here is the ultimate Rat engine!

The aircraft is a Hawker Typhoon from WW2.

The model is the new 1/24th scale Airfix Typhoon.

The engine is an "H" 24-cylinder sleeve valve Napier Sabre water cooled and supercharged engine.
Google this for some info.



Be way cool sitting in front of a 1939 Ford coupe fenderless body wouldn't it?  B)




11 January 2014 - 07:00 AM

Get your attention now?


Definition: Someone who builds scale model cars but abhors putting motors in them so much that they refuse to acknowledge their very existence.



This is something I encountered a few years ago here at MCM forums and to this day I still do not understand.  

You see it wasn't like that back in 1964.  I have stacks of Model Car Science and Car Modeler which both feature static models and slot cars in them.  My friend Jimmy Keeler used to write articles back then on detailing and some of his wiring and plumbing articles would follow an article on how to make working suspension in a slot car! (Those guys were bad azz I tell you da truth!)

In fact, nearly all of the slot cars back in the day were based on model car kits so that companies like Monogram, Revell and AMT would use the very same mold for a beautiful Porsche 906 model kit with full detailing AND the same body found it self into a slot car kit.  Same decals, different driver but same mold used for the body.  That meant SCALE was important to the slot car builder up till 1967. But, that's a topic for another time.


What I think we have here is racism pure and simple. The fear of racing something someone spent time building.  And some race cars are very beautiful!

On the flip side, some slot cars are not built just for racing. Many become shelf queens and dust collectors just as ALL model cars ultimately become.  


So back to my contention that this forum is populated by racists.  My proof is that I set up a poll of sorts asking the very members of MCMforums to please pick their favorite scratchbuilt balsa wood carved model race ccar and after a week we have hundreds look at the thread but only three votes! THREE VOTES ONLY!
What the heck is going on?

Prove me wrong.

Show me you are not the racists I believe you to be.

Click the link, look over the 8 entries and pick one please.


Thank you,


Respectfully submitted, 


Good Wood Revival Proxy Race Poll

03 January 2014 - 09:46 AM



The cars posted below were all built by members of a fellowship of modelers and builders all over the world. They replicate Formula 1 and Formula 2 period correct racing cars 1949 to 1960 when men were men and few kits were available. So... to that end, each of these cars has been completely scratch-built using only wood for the body, vintage slot car parts for the chassis and wheels. A few of the details were sourced from model kits and modern hobby shops shelves... but nothing you see here would look out of place at a vintage slot car meet circa 1965!


We had over 20 entries started but only 8 completed and mailed in.  All have been tested and the first race is coming up mid January.

I tried to set up a voting poll but the system as it is, only allows 5 answers to each question.  I need 8 answers to the one question.... so simply pick the car by entry number and post please.

Please look over the cars and post your vote for which machine you think more closely full fills the task.